18 items from 2015
We.re still just under a year away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters, and we find out exactly what.s been going on in a galaxy far, far away. Of the many things we're curious about, though, one of the biggest questions we want answers about is regarding what exactly is going on with John Boyega's character, Finn? After all, there has been a good deal of controversy in the Star Wars fan community ever since he was revealed in the film's first teaser trailer, as many are still under the impression that Stormtroopers are supposed to be clones (as seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). As it turns out, we won't actually have to wait until the movie comes out, as A New Dawn, the first book in the new in-canon series of novels created after Disney absorbed Lucasfilm, »
Internationally recognized actor Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, upcoming American Heist) will star in the action/horror film, Untot, it was announced today by Warrior producer Greg O'Connor of Solaris Entertainment. Successful video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and will direct from his own screenplay. Tannaz Anisi's 13 Films is handling international sales on the project and will introduce it to buyers at the European Film Market. Producers currently hold Us rights. Principal photography is slated to begin in March 2015 in New York with further casting underway.
Untot, meaning "undead" in German, is set towards the end of World War II in December 1944. During a blizzard, an elite military unit headed by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen), is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. »
If you have been thinking to yourself that you just have not had your fill of Nazis, and zombies, and whichever combination thereafter, then have we got news for you. If you have also been thinking to yourself, "Self. Where is Hayden Christensen these days? I've about worn out my DVDs of Attack of the Clones and Jumper. I need some new Christensen movies, stat!". Again, have we got news for you! Someone out there is under the impression that combination of Nazis being bastards and the undead still has some... er... life to it. Hayden Christensen has signed on to fight the undead in Nazi-occupied Poland in the new movie Untöt. Video game producer/director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and will direct from...
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Hayden Christensen proved in the film Shattered Glass that he was a far better actor than you'd necessarily think by the end of the much-maligned Star Wars prequels. Heavily criticised for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, to be fair to Christensen, not too many people came out of those movies with their acting reputations enhanced.
"George Lucas is a dear friend of my family", Cage told the site. »
Nic Cage is back in the theaters this coming week, starring in Outcast. Costarring is the seldom seen Hayden Christensen (although some think that’s a good thing). Here’s the trailer to judge for yourself.
Producers: Alan Zhang (Waiting in Beijing), Jeremy Bolt (Shopping, Event Horizon, Resident Evil, The Dark), Christopher Milburn (An American Haunting, Getaway, Transit), Karine Martin (Magic Beyond Words: The Jk Rowling Story), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, The Bank Job, Predestination),Ye Ying (Three Kingdoms, 14 Blades, The Four). George Mizen (The Holding), Léonard Glowinski (The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, Unknown, Alexander), Xun Zhang (CJ7, Forever Enthralled, The Founding of A Republic)
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- ComicMix Staff
Disney and LucasFilm's Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off is starting to come together, although we still don't have any confirmed plot details at this time. Last week, a report surfaced that the story will follow both Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett, with the production gearing up to start shooting in Mexico. Today, we have a new report from iKwiz, which reveals that Michael Fassbender is the front runner to play the bounty hunter Boba Fett. It isn't known if the actor is in negotiations, or if a formal offer has been presented to the actor at this time.
The story is reportedly set before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and it's being speculated that the plot focuses on the relationships between Han Solo, Boba Fett and other criminals, which could be The Hutts. While we don't have any further details on the story, »
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- Emily Blatchford
Following the news earlier this week about at least four actresses testing for the female lead in Gareth Edwards' untitled "Star Wars" spin-off film, more rumors have surfaced revealing further potential details about the story.
Possible Major Spoilers Ahead
First up, Latino Review reports that according to their sources, both Boba Fett and Han Solo will be featured in this untitled spinoff. Said film will Not revolve around stealing the plans for the first Death Star as had been previously indicated, but rather is reportedly set before that adventure.
They say the story will deal with the relationships between Han, Boba and other criminals - specifically The Hutts. Said spin-off could also be used to "kick off a new series of Star Wars movies."
Elsewhere, Making Star Wars reports that the film will be shot in Mexico, and that "bounty hunters are important to the film." Crew members are »
- Garth Franklin
It looks like the first Star Wars “spin-off” movie, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is gearing up to start shooting. We know that there was a reading of the draft done by Gary Whitta in the UK and now production is going to move stateside, likely to be close to Mexico.
Expect more on-location shooting than for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Crew members are hearing their start dates now.
Many believe they are doing a lot of work on-location in Mexico for the first spin-off.
There have been some Star Wars: The Force Awakens re-shoots going down recently at Pinewood using some of those people.
Bounty hunters are important to the film.
Painters are expected to redress some »
With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. And so we've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000 and 2001 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2002. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. In 2002, the name of the game was bigger is better. Cinemagoers got a year full of sequels including "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, »
- The Playlist Staff
I love me a good fan edit. Whether it be the various revisions made to The Phantom Menace or Attack Of The Clones to the reimagined take on Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, fan edits are a democratic way for movie buffs to offer an alternative look at feature films they felt could have been a bit better with some tweaks. The latest to get the fan edit treatment is Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. With The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies released last month, fans can now make their »
- Alex Maidy
Everyone likes to cut corners, especially when it’s a job you’ve done a zillion times before. (I’ve tried re-submitting the same lists from a few months ago a bunch of times, but the editors keep noticing.) The same apparently applies to the music part of the movie-making business. It makes sense when you really think about it. 99% of viewers probably never even notice the music anyway. The whole point of movie music is to exist in the background, silently lurking, waiting for its chance to… wait, I’m confusing movie music with Jason Vorhees again. That’s been happening a lot lately. I probably need to see a doctor. 5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The second Harry Potter film tried to be more or less a direct continuation of the first. Same director (Chris Columbus), same cast, same Dumbledore… but John Williams, he of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame, couldn »
- Ashe Cantrell
Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast was officially announced last April the internet has been flooded with potential rumours and ramblings concerning who is playing who (or what). While most of these rumours haven’t been confirmed some concept art that was leaked in recent months can help add some depth to the early character descriptions.
Before you read on I must stress that this is very much spoiler territory but also that it is currently only a rumour and hasn’t been confirmed by anyone involved with The Force Awakens.
Fan site StarWars7news are reporting that their Episode VII source has seen concept art regarding Max Von Sydow’s character and it differs from previous rumoured descriptions.
Possible Spoilers Below…
Contrary to previous descriptions Von Sydow’s character has “no cybernetic implants upon his face” or make-up of any kind. He’s wearing a dark »
- Gavin Logan
The Man from Uncle
A new photo has arrived of Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer looking their dashing 1960s Cold War spy best in Guy Ritchie's film version of the classic series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.". Cavill takes on the role of American agent Napoleon Solo opposite Hammer's Russian agent Illya Kuryakin. [Source: USA Today]
This will mark the first public screening of the long-awaited, big-screen 3D conversion. Both the previous two prequels, "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" will also screen. [Source: StarWars.com]
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is out with the nominations »
- Garth Franklin
"Once more, the Sith will rule the galaxy." So said Darth Sidious upon the turn of Anakin Skywalker to the dark side, and he was right (for awhile...). Only this time, they'll do it in 3D. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, in all its Order 66ing glory, will make its 3D debut at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, coming April 16-19, 2015. Fans will be the first to see this long-awaited, big-screen 3D conversion by Lucasfilm, completed with care for the look of the original movie while taking advantage of 3D's stunning possibilities.
Revenge of the Sith was originally released in 2005, and brought the Star Wars saga full circle with an action-packed, visually-stunning, emotional story. The film sees the final machinations of Darth Sidious' evil plot come to pass - and features lots (and lots) of lightsaber duels, dogfights, and Clone Wars battles. With all this, Revenge of the Sith »
Now that 2014 has come to an end and all the statistics and box office results are coming in, it has become clear that last year saw another increase in ticket prices and the lowest movie theater attendance in two decades. According to estimates, about 1.26 billion people purchased movie tickets in 2014 in North America, which is the lowest result since 1995, when 1.21 billion people went to watch films in theaters. In 2013, attendance was at 1.34 billion, which is still lower than the all-time high of 1.57 billion, which happened in 2002, thanks in part to "Spider-Man," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Average ticket prices are up to $8.15, compared to $8.13 in 2013. But even though ticket prices are on the rise, overall revenue ($10.36 billion) at the North American box office is down »
It looks like fans wanting to complete their viewing of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy in 3D will get their wish at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this April, with the convention set to play host to the premiere of the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 3D conversion.
In addition to Episode III, the weekend will also feature 3D screenings of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, along with traditional 2D screenings of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
And, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving this December, you’d have to imagine there’ll be some Episode VII surprises too… perhaps even a full length trailer?
Star Wars: Celebration 2015 will from from April 16th to April 19th.
- Gary Collinson
North American cinema attendance hit a 20-year low in 2014.
At 1.26 billion, box office numbers were the lowest in the Us and Canada since 1995 (which recorded 1.21 billion), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chinese attendance figures rose by 34.5% to 830 million compared to 2013.
The country is projected to surpass North American figures by 2017.
Average ticket prices rose in North America, but revenue fell by 5% from 2013 to $10.36 billion (£6.72 billion). This was the greatest drop in revenue in nine years.
2002 marked an all-time high in the Us and Canada, with the release of Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
18 items from 2015
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